Is ‘Home Alone’ on Netflix? Here’s How to Watch the Macaulay Culkin Movie This Year

Home Alone might not be America’s favorite Christmas movie (that honor goes to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), but it’s definitely a holiday classic. In fact, the 1990 movie directed by Chris Columbus is the fifth-most-popular Christmas movie in the U.S., according to a recent poll by the Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult.

Seventy-eight percent of people surveyed said they had a favorable impression of the film, where an eight-year-old boy who is left behind after his family heads off for a trip to Paris must defend his home from a pair of bumbling thieves.

Watching Macaulay Culkin booby-trap his house against burglars might be a holiday tradition, but if you’re hoping to stream this Christmas classic for free on Netflix, you’re out of luck. Like Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it’s not available on any of the big streaming subscription services, including Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Home Alone is on Starz

Netflix might not have Home Alone, but if you’re a Starz subscriber, you’re in luck. The movie is included with a subscription to that premium cable channel.

You can buy a standalone Starz subscription and stream the movie on your Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and other devices. It costs $8.99 a month after your 7-day free trial, though through December 31, 2018, you can get three months for $5 a month. Or you can purchase an add-on subscription for Hulu or Amazon Prime.

In addition to Home Alone, you can also stream other holiday movies on Starz, including Home Alone 2, Scrooged, Arthur Christmas, Saving Santa, and Casper’s Haunted Christmas.  

If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, you can also stream Home Alone (and several of its sequels) for free. DirecTV also has movies like A Christmas Story and the Jim Carrey version of A Christmas Carol.

If you don’t have Starz or DirecTV, you can rent or buy Home Alone. It’s $3.99 to rent and $7.99 to purchase on Amazon. You can also get it on iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu. The DVD is $7 from Amazon, or you can get the entire Home Alone collection on DVD for $33.

When is Home Alone on TV in 2018?

Sadly, Home Alone isn’t airing on any broadcast networks or non-premium cable channels this year (at least as far as we know). The only place you can catch it on TV is Starz. It’s airing twice the weekend before Christmas and again on Christmas Day:

  • Saturday, December 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23 at 9:27 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 25 at 7 a.m. and 10:48 a.m.

See Home Alone in theaters

a paint can flies toward harry's face in home alone

Joe Pesci in Home Alone. | Flying Orcas via YouTube

Chances are, a movie theater near you is bringing some holiday classics back to the big screen this year. Home Alone might be one of them. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin is really getting into the spirit by hosting a Home Alone pizza party, where you can get two “lovely” cheese pizzas for the price of one. The State Theater in Traverse City, Michigan, will hold a similar event, with free pizza for every attendee. Check your local movie listings to see if a special Home Alone screening is happening near you.

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